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But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.

— 1 Sam. 30:6b KJV

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What do you think?

jordantmoody —  February 23, 2013 — Leave a comment
What do you think?
Can someone please explain the answer to the question: What about the people who have never heard about Christ? What happens to them when they die? I know the answer I just want to be able to explain it thoroughly and with scriptural support. 

My answer to much discussion regarding the above question via Google+ Apologetics Community:
( To whom it may concern: )
The answer to this entire question is the simple truth that all men are sinners. Death is not the original intention of God’s plan. He made us all with a choice. Adam had a choice and since he chose to disobey and love himself rather than love God, we all must suffer the consequences. “Life is choices, choices have consequences, make right choices.”
Since then God has been redeeming his people back unto himself with a master battle plan that we simplify as the gospel or Christ dying on the cross to absorb the wrath of God on sin for us his chosen people. Christ absorbs the wrath of God and we in-turn receive a heavenly position next along with eternal life with God in heaven.But God again gives us a choice! We must choose him! Yes, there is a measure of election in this choice in that God chooses us. But remember God never intended for sin or anyone to die but it was our choice to disobey. God is a righteous judge and must punish disobedience and he does that by making a way of escape by offering his son as payment for our debt.

God never wishes that even one of his sheep should perish:
Mat 18:11  [For the Son of Man came to save the lost.]
Mat 18:12  What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
Mat 18:13  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
Mat 18:14  So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Review:
— God did not create us a ROBOTS, forced to worship and love him as creator for that would not be TRUE LOVE but rather a fake love from robots. He created us with a choice.

— Adam and Eve chose disobedience and therefore through Adam we all inherit sin and death.

— Gen. 3:15 — Protoevangelium — the first gospel — or the battle plan of redemption

— What to do about the people who have never heard the word gospel? or Jesus’ name? — God says, If you do not have the son you do not have life but if you have the son than you have life. Therefore, people who have not heard of Christ will die unless they believe in a God and call out for help. God will not deny one who seeks the truth: hence the great commission and the need for us to be missionaries to the unsaved.

FINAL SUMMARY:

Boa and Moody commented:

Sin is a universal human condition (1 Kings 8:46; Ps. 51:5, Romans 3:9,23; 1 John 1:8), and it causes a breach between man and God (Isa. 59:2). Sin leads to death (Romans 6:23), and the wrath of God abides on all who are separate from Christ (John 3:18,36). All have sinned, and those who have not been “justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24) are under divine condemnation (Romans 3:10-20; 5:16-19) and must stand before God in judgment, because apart from Christ we are enemies of God (Romans 5:10)…. People are not lost because they have not heard. They are lost because they are sinners. We die because of disease, not because of ignorance of the proper cure (1982, p. 147, emp. added).

 

Fellowship is to increase our maturity and increase our disciples. check out the passage here.

Are you maturing and therefore taking on more disciples to fellowship with?

I had a great challenge from my time with the Lord and thought of all of us as we strive to live Godly lives.

“No one can keep his “gaze…upon the saving God” if he is not spending much daily time in the Word of God. God uses the Bible, His inspired Word, to instruct us about Himself and to remind us of our responsibilities to Him. This is the message of Romans 10:17, which says, “so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” It is important that you not miss the direct connections between a believers ability to handle trials well and the quality of the relationship he has with God through His Word.”

If you are honest with yourself, what part does the Word of God have in your daily life?

Great thought from my devotions this AM…

“Once you are a child of God, your greatest crisis is over. You may lose the whole world, but you will not lose your soul.”

Be reminded daily, through the hard times and the good times, that our Salvation is amazing…let the power of the Gospel help hold you up at all times!

Stay strong…Dig deep into God’s Word!

Love One Another

jordantmoody —  March 12, 2012 — 3 Comments

I was reading I Thessalonians 4: 13-18 today when I found verse 18 so simple and yet so challenging.

1Th 4:18  Therefore encourage one another with these words.

The Holy Spirit enlightened my eyes in a different way this morning to the phrase “one another.” The phrase “one another” is a community phrase. It’s a phrase that demands social interaction. It is a phrase that implies communication between believers. But yet how often do we really “encourage one another.” Lately, my family has been in the hospital more than I can remember. Lately, my Dad is going through some tough times in the hospital right now. God’s people have been encouraging to me and my family through this time. They have communicated in a variety of ways to me that they are praying for Dad and even in some cases praying for me knowing that I and my family has a burden to bear. That is True Fellowship at its best. True Fellowship rears up and fights back. It plants hope in the hopeless. It allows us to “NOT grieve as others do who have NO hope.” We have a hope and we often have to be reminded that by our Christian brothers and sisters.

Take some time guys to look up a few of these passages and do a study on ONE ANOTHER passages of the Bible. For we ought to be helping, praying, and caring for ONE ANOTHER.

The “One Another” Passages
Bible passages essential for us to understand and develop healthy relationships by knowing we are called to One Another:
  • Love one another: John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; Romans 12:10; 13:8; 14:13; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 4:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:11, 3:22; 4:8; 23; 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 1: 5
  • Serve one another: Galatians 5:13; 21; Philippians 2:3; 1 Peter 4:9; 5:5
  • Accept one another: Romans 15:7, 14
  • Strengthen one another: Romans 14:19
  • Help one another: Hebrews 3:13; 10:24
  • Encourage one another: Romans 14:19; 15:14; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25
  • Care for one another: Galatians 6:2
  • Forgive one another: Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13
  • Submit to one another: Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 5:5
  • Commit to one another: 1 John 3:16
  • Build trust with one another: 1 John 1:7
  • Be devoted to one another: Romans 12:10
  • Be patient with one another: Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13
  • Be interested in one another: Philippians 2:4
  • Be accountable to one another: Ephesians 5:21
  • Confess to one another: James 5:16
  • Live in harmony with one another: Romans 12:16
  • Do not be conceited to one another: Romans 13:8
  • Do not pass judgment to one another: Romans 14:13; 15:7
  • Do not slander one another: James 4:11
  • Instruct one another: Romans 16:16
  • Greet one another: Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 13:12
  • Admonish one another: Romans 5:14; Colossians 3:16
  • Spur one another on toward love and good deeds:  Hebrews 10:24
  • Meet with one another: Hebrews 10:25
  • Agree with one another: 1 Corinthians 16:20
  • Be concerned for one another: Hebrews 10:24
  • Be humble to one another in love: Ephesians 4:2
  • Be compassionate to one another: Ephesians 4:32
  • Do not be consumed by one another Galatians 5:14-15
  • Do not anger one another: Galatians 5:26
  • Do not lie to one another: Colossians 3:9
  • Do not grumble to one another: James 5:9
  • Give preference to one another: Romans 12:10
  • Be at peace with one another: Romans 12:18
  • Sing to one another: Ephesians 5:19
  • Be of the same mind to one another: Romans 12:16; 15:5
  • Comfort one another: 1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11
  • Be kind to one another: Ephesians 4:32
  • Live in peace with one another: 1 Thessalonians 5:13
  • Carry one another’s burdens: Galatians 6:2

I want your Christianity to be unmistakable. I want you all to really grow, and to do more than others. Let us all then remember Sardis and Laodicea – let us resolve to be more holy and more bright. Let us bury our idols. Let us put away all strange gods. Let us cast out the old leaven. Let us lay aside every weight and besetting sin. Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and perfect holiness in the fear of God. Let us renew our covenant with our beloved Lord. Let us aim at the highest and best things. Let us resolve by God’s blessing to be more holy, and then I know and am persuaded we shall be more useful and more happy.

~ J.C. Ryle

Resolve to Be More Holy